Tuesday 20 February 2018

Hannon has reason to celebrate

Tom Peacock

Richard Hannon's Dubawi Gold (3/1) emerged a very cosy winner of the Betfair Celebration Mile at Goodwood.

The colt needed to step up from his latest effort at Newbury and return to the level he showed when second to Frankel in the 2,000 Guineas, and he was ridden with great confidence by Richard Hughes.

Just as Set The Trend looked as if he might claim a surprise Group Two victory, Dubawi Gold appeared and settled the race in an instant, coasting past the line half a length in front.

"He ran too free at Newbury and didn't settle," said Hannon. "I enjoyed that -- it's what keeps you racing. I suppose we might look at the QEII but he'll probably go for the Prix du Moulin for his next race."

Meanwhile, the ghost of Howard Johnson will haunt the jumps season more regularly than the Flat but one of his former horses, Eton Rifles, scooped the Betfair Summer Double Second Leg Stakes.

The Co Durham trainer's licence was revoked by the British Horseracing Authority and his main owner Graham Wylie transferred many of his string to other stables, with Eton Rifles now in the care of David Elsworth, under the Transcend Bloodstock banner.

Last seen running well in a Group race at Newcastle in June, the 5/1 favourite took off for Kieren Fallon once into the clear and eventually held Webbow by a length.

At Galway, Laganbank (11/10f) completed a quick double for Paul Townend and Willie Mullins when cruising to success in the Parkmore Maiden Hurdle.

It was a powerful performance from the Norwich gelding, which tanked his way around Ballybrit, and landed the spoils with the minimum of fuss.

Earlier, Mullins' Earls Quarter (7/2) quickened best on the run-in to land the Easyfix Rubber Products Novice Hurdle. Rebel Fitz tried to throw down a challenge but the well-backed 1/2 favourite couldn't get into top gear.

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